So when leaks about a Samsung Galaxy Buds+ first surfaced online earlier this year, we had high hopes about the next-gen TWS earbuds from the company. They look a lot like a kidney bean and hence the codenamed "bean".
The next generation of Samsung wireless earbuds might see a complete design overhaul.
The Galaxy Buds+ are the newest and biggest true wi-fi earphones from Samsung. The kidney-shaped earbuds are apparently around 2.8cm in length, with a speaker hole and sensor in the part that sits closest to your ear canal and microphones and vents on the outside. On the plus side, they will not protrude outside the ear, which looks a little odd. If you're curious about that pun, and why I will be referring to Samsung's next earbuds as Galaxy Beans, then you should get a look at the 3D render below to see what I'm referencing.
Sources behind the leak claim the earbuds feature two loudspeakers for improved audio quality, as well as an external channel. This could impact comfort and could also allow more ambient noise in.
According to the report, these buds bear the model number SM-R180. No further details regarding the battery capacity, features, or pricing are available at this point. And nowhere in the renders does it seem like there's any sort of silicone wings or tips to seal in sound. Chances of active noise cancellation (ANC) are looking slim. He also said it would include the same main camera setup as the Galaxy S20+ and that Samsung would offer the phone in ceramic and stainless steel variants.
As mentioned, the revamped form factor of the Beans also mean that they will probably sit within your ear, as opposed to sticking out like many options in the market today.
If the report is to be believed, Samsung is now in the Engineering Validation Test phase for this design, which means these are far from finished. Whereas Apple went with a design similar to EarPods with stems instead of cables, Samsung has utilized a more traditional design.